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CCU president to participate in pandemic ethics panel discussion

August 25, 2021
CCU President Michael T. Benson.Brianna Martin, president of CCU's Student Government Association. Annie Andrews, M.D., is an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Coastal Carolina University’s Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values will hold a virtual panel discussion titled, “The Delta Variant, Masks, and Social Responsibility,” on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. The discussion will focus on the nature and ethics of pandemic-related measures being established at institutions of higher education around the nation.

Panel participants include Michael T. Benson, D.Phil., CCU’s president; Brianna Martin, president of the CCU Student Government Association; Annie Andrews, M.D., associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina; and select student Jackson Scholars.

Claudia Bornholdt, Ph.D., dean of CCU’s Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will introduce panel participants, and Julinna Oxley, Ph.D., director of the Jackson Center, will moderate the panel.

“Although people have different opinions on the pandemic, it is important to think about how our actions affect others in our immediate community,” said Oxley. “The consequences are multi-faceted, and we should be aware of the significance of our behavior for others.”

The Facebook Live event is a production of Edwards Live, a virtual initiative within the Edwards College. The discussion is the first of a panel discussion series on pandemic ethics that will take place throughout the Fall 2021 semester.

The Jackson Center aims to cultivate ethical awareness within the University and surrounding community through programs and events, fostering inclusive conversations on important contemporary ethical issues. Its goal is to create opportunities for open conversations about how ethics and values affect the individual, the University, the region, and the world.

For more information, contact Oxley at 843-349-2997 or